Ru­ins plaque re­mem­bers ‘godly peo­ple’

The Glengarry News - - Sports In The Glens - BY TARA MAC­DON­ALD News Staff

The sounds of the pipes were call­ing this week­end as fam­i­lies and clans gath­ered at the St. Raphael’s Ru­ins to hon­our the mem­ory of their loved ones.

The Me­mo­riam Plaque un­veil­ing took place Sun­day, open­ing with the heart-warm­ing sounds of Rob­bie Mof­fat on the bag­pipes as fam­i­lies wan­dered the ru­ins and caught up with friends and neigh­bours.

Friends of the Ru­ins Trea­surer Ed Allinott, em­cee for the event, wel­comed guests with his witty ban­ter and charm be­fore Chair­per­son Diana Sturken­boom and Sec­re­tary Wanda Mac­Donell un­veiled the plaque.

“They were godly peo­ple, whose right­eous deeds have not been for­got­ten,” read Vice Chair­per­son Glenda McDonell from the book of the prophet Sirach.

A thought­ful choice to hon­our the likes of Joan P. (Bar­ton) Mac­Don­ald who helped spear­head the restora­tion and preser­va­tion of the his­toric “Her loss to the St. Raphael’s Ru­ins com­mit­tee, we lost the back­bone of our com­mit­tee for awhile,” said Ms. McDonell. “She was in­stru­men­tal in be­ing be­hind the many grant ap­pli­ca­tions that we made and they were prob­a­bly by the hun­dreds. Her in­tegrity and com­mit­ment to the ru­ins were well­known in the com­mu­nity and she served the Friends of the Ru­ins com­mit­tee well. She’s sorely missed to this day and it was a priv­i­lege to hon­our her to­day.”

Oth­ers hon­oured at the event in­cluded for­mer Char­lot­ten­burgh Reeve Gérard Brunet and his wife Noëlla (née Massie) Brunet; Nor­van Grant and his par­ents Ivan and Nora (née Routhier) Grant; Henry and Is­abelle (née Routhier) Dug­gan; Ernest and Do­rina (née Gaucher) John­son; Al­lan L. and Anna Mac­Donell; Bernard, Theresa, Ge­orge and Roy McDonell; Alexan­der “Sandy John Al­lan” McDonell and Janet Ann “Jenny Christo­pher McRae” McDonell; Garry Mof­fat; and Bertha (née Re­naud) Rus­sell.

“The plaque is to re­mem­ber our for­mer par­ish­ioners and friends and to hon­our them,” said Ms. Sturken­boom.

“It’s also a fundraiser for the Friends of the Ru­ins to help cover the costs of the plaques and the pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion of the ru­ins.”

More than 150 peo­ple were in at­ten­dance for the cer­e­mony which was fol­lowed by a light lunch and so­cial at the Parish Cen­tre where fam­ily mem­bers were en­cour­aged to share their mem­o­ries of those who meant so much to the parish and to the com­mu­nity of St. Raphael’s.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Friends of the Ru­ins at 613347-2352.

IN ME­MO­RIAM: Diana Sturken­boom, Pres­i­dent of the Friends of the Ru­ins, and Sec­re­tary Wanda Mac­Donell un­veil the new me­mo­riam plaque on the north side of the St. Raphael’s Ru­ins.

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